When Jennifer Hudson and David Otunga first began their eight year romance, they seemed inseparable and were expecting and engaged within two years. Within the span of the last few days, Hudson has decided to separate from Otunga and requested a protective order, leading to legal disputes over the custody of their eight-year-old son David Daniel Otunga Jr.
Otunga and Hudson’s split – and the protective order – comes as a surprise to many fans. According to People, when Hudson sought the order she “accused him of ongoing harassing and threatening behavior and claimed he once pushed her inside their home,” and would occasionally leave his gun holster on the kitchen table to “intimidate her.”
Countering the protective order, ABC reports Otunga’s lawyers released a statement of their own denying any allegations of abuse or harassment toward Hudson or Otunga Jr. The statement continues to attribute the cause of the legal action as part of Hudson’s attempt to gain custody of her son.
“…When it became apparent to Ms. Hudson that Mr. Otunga would be the parent granted residential care of the child, as a result of Mr. Otunga being the child’s primary caregiver while Ms. Hudson pursues her career all over the world, Ms. Hudson decided to file a meritless Petition for Order of Protection in an effort to gain an unfair advantage in the custody dispute.”
Otunga and his lawyer continued to denounce the claims made of abuse and implied firearm threats. Otunga’s lawyer, Tracey Rizzo states: “Mr. Otunga does not own a firearm, and the gun referenced in Ms. Hudson’s petition was a prop that he used for an audition, just as he told her it was at the time she saw it in their house.”